‘We will fight for the worker’ – Michaelia Cash threatens double dissolution: @Qldaah #ausvotes #qldpol #auspol

Update – February 2, 2016 ABC Election Analyst Antony Green confirmed the Turnbull Government does have an election trigger on the issue of the ABCC but the request to the Governor-General would need to be made before May, 2016. . “The government has a valid trigger in the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Bill 2014, but any request for a double dissolution on the basis of this legislation must be made by early May 2016,” he wrote. Senator Michaelia Cash again publicly indicated that the government would go to a double dissolution election if its legislation did not pass in the Senate telling the ABC, “We already have a double dissolution trigger.” Earlier Federal Minister […]

Should Heydon stand down? A #turc legal view by @bowlerbarrister

There is often tension in the law as to whether a conservative or more robust approach should be taken in respect of an issue. Opinions may differ according to how an issue is viewed. It might be said that a controversy arising out of the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption has produced some dynamic tension in that regard. Thursday 13 March 2014 On Thursday 13 March 2014 The Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption was established with former High Court Judge, the Hon Dyson Heydon AC QC, as the Commissioner. Wednesday 9 April 2014 On Wednesday 9 April 2014 opening remarks at the Royal Commission […]

Tony Abbott’s Royal Commission blunders: @madwixxy comments on #TURC

As we enter the final days of the public hearings of the Trade Union Royal Commission I find myself in the peculiar position of agreeing with John Howard. John Howard told Janet Albrechtsen in an interview of his unease with the way Tony Abbott and George Brandis used the Royal Commission process as a means to achieve a political end. Howard explained: “I’m uneasy about the idea of having royal commissions or inquiries into essentially a political decision…” “I don’t think you should ever begin to go down the American path of using the law for narrow targeted political purposes.” I believe there is no doubt Abbott is using the law to achieve a […]

#TURC: Someone should tell KATHY JACKSON ‘less is more’: @Boeufblogginon reports

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#TURC, Kathy Jackson and her day in court: @Boeufblogginon reports

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Bruce Wilson testimony and Nowicki allegations at #TURC: @Boeufblogginon reports

Thursday’s Royal Commission into Trade Union … hearing (12th June) ended as it began with legal argument over the exclusion of a number of paragraphs contained in Bruce Wilson’s sworn statement. The paragraphs concerned dealt primarily with Wilson’s allegation that he was offered $200,000 by Harry Nowicki to alter his testimony thereby implicating Julia Gillard in potentially illegal activities. In the morning’s legal banter when the controversial paragraphs were deleted the Commissioner Dyson Heydon did not give any reasons as to his decision. Wilson’s legal representative, Dr Hanscombe QC, rose after the close of the day’s evidence, to make an application requesting the Commish give reasons for their exclusion. “DR […]

Storify by @Boeufblogginon reporting on the Royal Commission into Unions on the 11th June #TURC

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Open letter to Mark Scott about Jon Faine from Margo Kingston

February 4, 2013 Mr Mark Scott, Managing Director ABC Dear Mark, Re: ABC apology to anonymous complainant and reprimand to Jon Faine over his interview with former shock-jock Michael Smith  I write to seek information on this matter and express my concerns at its process. I first learned of it through a strongly worded protest by ABC political editor Chris Uhlmann published on Twitter at @CUhlmann: The ABC’s finding that Jon Faine is guilty of a “lapse in standards” in 2 interviews on the AWU slush fund is absurd. http://t.co/6pOOlvtd Jon challenged two journalists to defend claims that the Prime Minister acted improperly in her former career as a lawyer. Jon believes that, […]

“Faining Outrage” from ABC Management

Audio of the 2 Jon Faine interviews in question: Jon Faine Interview with Mike Smith and Mark Baker 23 November 2013 http://blogs.abc.net.au/files/hectic-half-hour-23-11-12.mp3 Update: ABC Mediawatch had a segment on the Jon Faine Story. You can find it here. Since our ABC story went live on Tuesday, a new case of how ABC Management responds to the Political Right bullying has emerged. ABC Melbourne Radio Presenter Jon Faine has been reprimanded for interviews with former Sydney radio host Michael Smith and The Age editor-at-large Mark Baker on November 23 as they allegedly breached its code of practice. Audience and consumer affairs investigations manager Denise Musto said: ”The argumentative style of the interviews by Mr […]